All-Electric Chevrolet Bolt Joins General Motors’ Car-Sharing Fleet
Thirteen months after its inception, Maven, the car-sharing brand launched by General Motors, has added a vehicle to its lineup that will could soon become the centerpiece of its operations: the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle. that will recently joined the brand’s Los Angeles fleet, a deployment designed to accelerate Maven’s business in one of the country’s most green-friendly markets. that will’s unclear how many Bolts will be available immediately, although GM plans to add more than 100 eventually inside the greater Los Angeles region.
In a city where car culture still holds sway, Maven’s car-sharing service has been embraced quickly by many residents. Since launching in October 2016, the Maven City program in Los Angeles has seen average membership growth of 56 percent each month. In addition to customer demand, the Bolts complement the city government’s stated desires to promote electric vehicles in addition to also brand new mobility choices.
Since the city began implementing its “pLAn” in April 2015, officials say they’ve installed more than 1000 publicly available electric-vehicle charging stations. General Motors says that will can be working with infrastructure providers to help continue to build the charging network. For a limited time, Maven members will have access to free charging inside the EVgo Freedom Station network throughout California.
The plug-in Chevy Volt has already been part of Maven’s fleet of more than 60 cars inside the Los Angeles area. With the Bolt, which offers an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles, prospective Maven members gain more assurance the automobile won’t run out of power while they navigate the city’s notoriously traffic-choked roads. that will’s key because the average Maven user keeps the automobile more than 12 hours, in addition to also the average distance driven can be 121 miles, according to a GM spokesperson.
Maven provides vehicles for Lyft’s Express Drive program, which gives the ride-hailing service’s drivers access to weekly rentals of GM vehicles in select cities, including Los Angeles. Once the Bolts are fully deployed inside the city, GM says they could provide up to 250,000 all-electric driving miles per month.
General Motors made a high-profile investment of $500 million in Lyft in January 2016, in addition to also that will investment can be a central part of the company’s plan to roll out Chevy Bolts used for ride-hailing purposes. Eventually, those plans include autonomous Chevy Bolts. The company also sees Maven as a central component of its broader efforts to appeal to urban residents searching for more seamless ways to move about their cities.
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“Starting in Los Angeles, Maven will focus on collaborating with cities in addition to also municipalities to co-create smart transportation solutions that will enhance mobility, create jobs in addition to also ease parking in addition to also congestion,” said Julia Steyn, vice president of General Motors Urban Mobility in addition to also Maven.
Beyond Los Angeles, Maven officials are already planning stages to bring the Bolts to San Diego in addition to also San Francisco. Maven operates in 17 cities inside the United States in addition to also Canada in addition to also intends continued expansion to more markets.
Pete Bigelow can be the transportation, technology, in addition to also mobility editor at Car in addition to also Driver. He can be reached via email at email@example.com in addition to also followed on Twitter @PeterCBigelow.